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February 13, 2016

Tea Party Fund Targets Graham, Alexander, Collins for Immigration Votes

The leader of the Senate Conservatives Fund emailed supporters on Friday promising to back primary challenges against three Republican incumbents who voted for the Senate immigration bill that passed the chamber Thursday.

“There are three incumbents up next year who supported the amnesty bill,” SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins wrote, calling out Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Lamar Alexander or Tennessee, and Susan Collins of Maine. “If strong, conservative challengers emerge in these races, we will support them.”

Senate Conservatives Fund is a tea-party aligned group that was founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint. The South Carolina Republican is no longer with the group.¬†Graham, a member of the bipartisan “gang of eight” that drafted the underlying immigration overhaul, indicated in a Thursday Senate floor speech that he knew his position on immigration might create primary problems for him.

“I have never been more proud to be involved in an issue than I have trying to fix illegal immigration because it is a national security threat, it is an economic threat, and it is a cultural threat,” Graham said.

“As to my politics, I am doing great among Hispanics in South Carolina. The bad news is that there are not very many who vote in the Republican primary,” he added.

Fellow “gang of eight” Republican (and friend of Graham) John McCain of Arizona cautioned the GOP campaign apparatus not to campaign against the immigration measure. Hoskins said Wednesday that if McCain doesn’t retire in 2016, he should face a primary challenge. “He’s not just a liberal. He’s also first class jerk,” Hoskins said.

Those comments came in reference to an exchange on the floor between McCain and GOP Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska.

The SCF letter was primarily aimed at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

“Senator McConnell showed his true colors when he said he hopes the House will pass a bill so a conference committee can negotiate a final deal,” Hoskins wrote. “Everyone knows that if this bill is taken behind closed doors they will come up with new fig leaves, add even more earmarks, and twist enough arms to muscle it through the House.”

McConnell voted against the bill that passed the Senate. In addition, his requirements for a bill he could support are significantly different than what passed the Senate on Thursday.

Hoskins also expressed displeasure with two senators the group supported in the past: Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. Both voted for the bill.

  • No Mass Amnesty

    Numbersusa has a brand new petition on their site that now specifically targets the House of Representatives.

    Be sure and go sign it. (It’s free).

    We need to let the House know how American CITIZEN taxpayers and
    LEGAL residents REALLY feel about amnesty for illegal immigrants and the
    addition of 30 million mostly poor and unskilled foreign immigrants
    over the next decade!!

    Sign the petition! We CAN defeat the open borders and cheap labor forces!

  • raoul contreras

    There is no amnesty proposed in the just -passed Senate bill. NumbersUSA and its affiliated groups of FAIR, CIS, Planned Parenthood and Zero Population Growth are misrepresenting the bill and what it does.

  • ron ludders

    Attention, the American people are currently unorganized and unprepared for conflict with the Federal government or it’s foreign enablers. We watch defenseless as the Federal government prepares itself for war. The DHS has bought nearly 1 billion rounds of ammunition, thousands of tanks and armored vehicles, and we, the American people, lack the most basic levels of organization.

    If there are any x military reading this message we need your help, you are the only real shot your community has to prepare itself. The people you represent want to be prepared, but they don’t know how,and are overwhelmed with powerlessness. You’re the only one capable of organizing a militia.

    We must be prepared to defend our freedoms from anyone that attempts to take them away from us, with force if necessary . Contact Ron Ludders at 602-677-1496 or email my directly at, you can also contact us at 3375 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 2 Phoenix Arizona 85032 and join the thousands of armed patriots ready to defined this country with there lives.

  • Layla

    To ANY Senator who voted in support of this bill: We will be looking to fund your opponent.

  • Layla

    No, they are not. There IS amnesty in this bill. Americans are sick and tired of Congress not listening to us. Do so at your own peril.

  • monacall

    these traitors need to go also….no more rinos term limits

  • Reality Check

    The fact that you think you can trick people is sure telling about your character. Everyone knows that 6 months after this bill becomes law, Janet Napolitano simply has to create a border “plan” and all illegal aliens immediately become eligible for legal status, work permits, Social Security accounts, driver’s licenses, etc.

    If they’re not being deported, it’s an amnesty.

  • SalMoanella

    Let’s get rid of Priebus while we’re at it.

  • SalMoanella

    The entire bill is nothing but amnesty wrapped in a veneer of enforcement that will never happen. Nice try.


    The GOP has committed suicide by letting the TEA Party control the nomination process. It is over, you will not win a national election in the next 20 years. You are really stupid to think you could crawl in bed with those idealogues. It reminds me of the German Government in the early 1930’s who thought it would be no problem to handle Mr. Hitler as a group withing their party structure.

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